Definition A solid state drive is primarily a data storage device, for use in computing applications that traditionally use a hard disk drive. A solid state drive is based on non-volatile memory instead of the spinning platter and mechanical-magnetic head found in a conventional hard disk drive. With no moving parts, a solid state drive eliminates seek time, latency and other electro-mechanical delays and failures associated with a conventional hard disk drive. Advantages * Faster startup - Since no spin-up required. * Faster read time â€“ In some cases, twice or more than that of the fastest hard drives. * Low read and write latency (seek) time, hundreds of times faster than a mechanical disk. * Faster boot and application launch time - Result of the faster read and especially seek time. But only if application already resides in flash and is more dependent on read speed than other issues, eg. OS bootup that detects devices will not be significantly sped up even with faster seeks & reads. * Lower power consumption and heat production - no mechanical parts results in less power consumption. * No noise - Lack of mechanical parts makes the SSD completely silent. * Better mechanical reliability - Lack of mechanical parts results in less wear and tear. High level of ability to endure extreme shock, vibration and temperatures, which apply to laptops and other mobile devices, or when transported. * Security - allowing a very quick "wipe" of all data stored. * Deterministic performance - unlike mechanical hard drives, performance of SSDs is constant and deterministic across the entire storage. "Seek" time is constant, and performance does not deteriorate as the media fills up (See: Fragmentation). * Lower weight and (depending upon type) size * Faster than conventional disks on random I/O Status Update Check out the Idea in Action on the SSD enhancements Dell is making.
Have laptops and PCs that boot quickly & quietly from fast internal flash drives, and run the whole OS and application programs in RAM. The New Dell PC will boot from internal Fast USB 2.0 flash drives in just a few seconds. The Hard drive can stay powered down, completely off, unless the user needs to store some extra large files (video, photos). Laptop Battery life is measured in days, not hours.Have 2 Recessed USB 2.0 Slots. Two USB Flash Drives would fit neatly into the laptop. In this way the whole OS and Apps run in RAM, and stores data files on an 8 GB flash drive.The 8GB is used transparently as the 'On Line' Storage, with a hard drive acting as secondary storage.This gives desktops and laptops much greater speed and power savings.<font> On-Line/Near-Line Storage Model for Laptops</font>1. OS and App all run from RAM (so the machine should have 2GB+ of RAM)2. Modified files are worked on in RAM, and stored on the Flash Drive3. Older (non-system) files, that are 'inactive', get pushed down to the hard drive,Hard Drive files are stored with on-the-fly hardware compression / decompression (back to RAM), with the flash drive file replaced with a pointer to the hard drive file. Data is always safely copied down to the hard drive on shut down. The flash drive is removeable and upgradeable, so later if someone wants to upgrade to a 32GB flash drive, just unplug and plug in the new one.On-line / Near-Line storage works great on very large data servers, where data is mostly write once, read infrequently.(Also known as Write Once, Read Mostly - WORM drives.)It's time such ideas are put into practice for desktops and laptops.You can run your Dell Laptop TODAY from 100% Flash Drive - Pen Drive using Puppy Linux. www.puppylinux.org delivers a complete, small, fast Linux Distribution including all major tools in under 90MB. You can add Open Office, GIMP, Firefox, Thunderbird, etc and they all fit right in a USB Flash Drive.Pupply Linux Applications.Download Puppy Linux so you Can Try Flash Drive Dell Notebooks Today.Status update: Please see Bill_B's comment for further details. Thank you for posting!
SCREEN RESOLUTIONS for XPS Laptop Line Why on God's green earth would Dell throw in such a cheapy LCD screen into the XPS 1530 ? I've been waiting for this laptop religously since it was 'announced', in the hope of a 1680x1050 screen, or at LEAST 1440x900. What is this, Dell ? Are you trying to scare away your customers with blocky icons and low resolutions ? Ok, on a less rampaging note .. Is there any possibility this might change in the future ? Would i be foolish to order immediately, only to see a couple of LCD options pop up over the next few days ? Status Update We now offer 1440 x 900 and 1680 x 1050 panels as an option. Take a look at the Direct2Dell blog post on the idea.
Mini projectors are going to take the computer world by storm, and may even end the need for attached screens on some computer platforms. Invest in the development of mini projectors. Status Update Please see jackie_c's comment
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Build a pc just for kids. As a mother of two young primary school children I find that there is an enormous amount of pc games for my children, but I do not want to grant them access to my pc as they would possibly destroy any information or programmes that I may have on it. At the same time they are too young to use the internet or "eral" programmes. Can Dell build a kids pc, which would give them the speed necessary for the so-called skills games, the screen for optimum view especially now that you are venturing into different colours (soemthing all kids love). There is no need for internet connection, but you must be able to play a cd and/or dvd on it. Status Update Check out The Nickelodeon Edition Inspiron Mini
Seeing as how all other manufacturers of 17" workstation class laptops have integrated numberpads, it strikes me as odd that Dell has not produced such a system. I was excited to hear about the M6300, and then disappointed to see that it was essentailly just a newer M90. Those of us who spend large amounts of time dealing with numbers could really use a number pad that does not require the use of the [Fn] key. Status Update Please see mano_g's comment
Provide Different colors on Desktops like what is going on with the notebooks...on desktops, provide same color ideas like all notebooks...maybe even skins to go around a desktop. Status Update Please see vida_k's comment below and Lionel's blog: http://en.community.dell.com/blogs/direct2dell/archive/2009/03/30/new-inspiron-desktops-add-color-to-the-mix.aspx
I would like to see Dell produce a ruggedized laptop that would be safe to use in a salt water marine environment. For Dell management, that means a laptop intended to be used on a boat in salt water. Panasonic makes one but I think Dell could do a better job (maybe). However, given Dell's technical support , I'm aware that I would probably have to call Dell Mermaid Center to get any technical support help.
Apple has a product called the magic trackpad. This is like the magic mouse, but a giant trackpad with multitouch. If dell made one of these for their (or all) pc's, it would be awesome.Status Update: This idea has been Implemented with the introduction of Dell's new wireless touchpad. Thanks for posting!
I have been waiting for Dell to release XPS 13z or XPS 14z for a few months now. When Dell released XPS 15z they said the new (smaller) sizes will be released in the near future. It has been already 4 months, and I am still waiting for these new (smaller) sizes. Please release them already so I can buy the Laptop. Thanks. Status Update: The XPS 14z is available on the Dell website. Thanks for posting!